|2-Minute Drill: Aaron Rodgers |
by Bill Huber of PackerReport.com, August 16, 2012 at 1:22 am ET
Aaron Rodgers Profile
Packer Report took part in Aaron Rodgers' weekly chat with reporters on Monday. Here are some highlights:
Your thoughts on the signing of Cedric Benson ...
It's good for our team to have guys who have had success other places come here, add to the team, add some leadership to the team, some experience. I think it's going to be a good transition for him. He's in a spot where he can be around some other veteran players and have maybe more of a leadership role than he's had at other teams. There's high expectations for him but we have no doubt he can come in and meet those expectations.
Have you ever seen such a rash of injuries?
It's pretty bad luck. I don't know if you can put your finger on one thing exactly but we've got to get healthy. We've got to get healthy, we've got to stay healthy, we've got to see who the 53 is going to be. I think you feel bad for guys that had a legit shot at either making this team or putting some good film together and getting picked up by somebody else. I was telling Bennett, he was kind of my dark horse to lead the preseason in rushing. We always pick one guy that might play a lot in the fourth quarters and put up some yards. In the past seven years, we've put up some big numbers, and I thought he was a guy who could really show some stuff late in games and then get picked up by us or another team. You feel bad for a guy like that.
Can Benson serve as a mentor to the younger backs?
Hopefully, very valuable. He's got a lot of experience, a lot of carries, been in the league for seven years and now this is his eighth season. I think that's the one thing that I'm going to push on him a little bit is to lead those guys. We don't have a lot of depth in that room. Alex is coming off a year where he didn't play and Brandon played a little bit. We have Kuhn in there; John does a great job of teaching those young guys protections and run schemes. He knows the offense probably as well as I do. Having another voice in there is going to be good.
Because of the injuries, a couple practices have been cut short. Is that an issue?
No, it's preseason. Mike's doing what's best for our bodies. We're not worried about it.